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March Madness 2016: Texas A&M defeats Northern Iowa in Double OT Thriller

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NCAA March Madness (Photo courtesy: Jeff Turner/Wikimedia Commons)

The Texas A&M Aggies are heading to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after a double-overtime 92-88 win over the University of Northern Iowa Panthers on Sunday. Texas A&M pulled off an improbable comeback at the end of regulation to pull off the victory.

UNI headed into the game after defeating the University of Texas with a game-winning, buzzer-beating half court shot. It was one of the best shots in March Madness history but the Panthers’ epic collapse against the Aggies is possibly the greatest in tournament history.

Texas A&M was down by 12 points with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation and was on the verge of bowing out to UNI. However, the improbable happened as they came back to tie the game and force overtime.

Admon Gilder started the run after making a layup with 34 seconds left to cut the deficit to just 10. Northern Iowa called a timeout but Gilder stole the ball that led to an easy basket by Daniel House. Paul Jesperson turned the ball over with 23 seconds left and Jalen Jones threw down a big jam on the other end.

House then scored a three-pointer with just 20 seconds left on the clock to bring Texas A&M within three. Klint Carlson was able to give UNI a five-point lead in the next possession but allowed a three-point play to Alex Caruso.

Gilder then hit the game-tying layup with three seconds left in regulation. In the first overtime, both teams went back and forth. The Aggies eventually prevailed on the second overtime led by Caruso who had 25 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

“We beat a very good team, we got some breaks, it’s unbelievable,” Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy told CBS Sports after the game.

Morgan had a game-high 36 points and 12 rebounds for UNI. Texas A&M will face Oklahoma on Friday, March 25 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Photo Courtesy: Jeff Turner/Wikimedia

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